Sweden and Ukraine will go head-to-head in the Euro 2020 Round of 16 at Hampden Park on Tuesday.
Andriy Shevchenko was The X Factor when Ukraine mounted their memorable comeback against Sweden in their Euro 2012 opener – Ukraine first-ever game at the European Championships – as the legendary forward scored a brace within seven minutes to seal Ukraine's 2-1 win at the Olympic Stadium in Kiev.
Sweden Betting Preview
Unbeaten in 8 games – since they lost 4-2 to France in the UEFA Nations League last November – Sweden topped their group ahead of hosts Spain after winning a five-goal thriller against Poland in their final game.
We can genuinely describe Sweden's campaign as perfect because a goalless draw with Spain in their Euro 2020 opener, at their own backyard, is definitely a great result and The Blågult look very solid at the back.
Some would say that they have conceded twice against Poland, indeed, but it was Robert Lewandowski whose individual quality and killing instinct converted those chances and we cannot find such a figure in the Ukrainian squad.
Robin Quaison got the nod over veteran Marcus Berg against Poland, but considering Dejan Kulusevski's impact once he was introduced after the break, Janne Andersson could start the Juventus man alongside Alexander Isak, who seems to be a sure starter in Andersson's favorite 4-4-2.
With three goals in three Euro 2020 appearances, RB Leipzig's Emil Forsberg has been the standout performer in Janne Andersson's squad but Dejan Kulusevski's impact and the overall contribution of Alexander Isak are what could make Sweden an extremely dangerous opposition.
Ukraine Betting Preview
Based on their opening two games, we definitely expected more from the Ukrainians in their decisive Group C clash against Austria but they failed to impress and suffered a 1-0 defeat.
Ukraine were fortunate enough to have scored four goals in the group stage games and to win valuable three points with their victory over North Macedonia, thus emerging above Finland and Slovakia in the ranking of third-placed teams.
We can say that Austria brought back Ukraine down to earth and the Ukrainians will hope to produce a completely different level of performance if they want to stand a chance against an in-form Sweden side.
In fact, Ukraine's 2-1 victory over North Macedonia was their only second win at the Euros and first one since the aforementioned game with Sweden at Euro 2012.
With two goals each, experienced winger Andriy Yarmolenko and Roman Yaremchuk were responsible for all of Ukraine's goals so far in the competition and the pair will be keen to reignite their scoring touch in order to drive Ukraine through to the quarter-finals.
Dynamo Kyiv defender Denys Popov and Ferencváros' winger Oleksandr Zubkov, who picked up an injury early on Ukraine's opener against the Netherlands, remain injury doubts for Andriy Shevchenko's selection.
Many would expect more from Atalanta's Ruslan Malinovskiy as the 28 years old is definitely the one whose surge in form could possibly inspire Ukraine in the upcoming round of 16 clash.
Experienced Taras Stepanenko, who started against North Macedonia, could be recalled in central midfield at the expense of either Mykola Shaparenko or Serhiy Sydorchuk.
Possible Starting Lineups of Sweden and Ukraine
Sweden: Robin Olsen – Ludwig Augustinsson, Marcus Danielson, Victor Lindelöf, Mikael Lustig – Emil Forsberg, Kristoffer Olsson, Albin Ekdal, Sebastian Larsson – Alexander Isak, Dejan Kulusevski. (4-4-2)
Ukraine: Georgiy Bushchan – Oleksandr Karavaev, Ilya Zabarnyi, Mykola Matvienko, Vitaliy Mykolenko – Taras Stepanenko, Sergiy Sydorchuk – Andriy Yarmolenko, Ruslan Malinovskyi, Oleksandr Zinchenko – Roman Yaremchuk. (4-2-3-1)
Spooky Express Betting Prediction
We can say that Sweden's perfect Euro 2020 start gives them momentum heading into the last-16 tie with Ukraine, but they are not in position to underestimate anyone and Janne Andersson won't change anything.
To be honest, the Ukrainians look too inconsistent and shaky at the back, so we believe Sweden should be capable of edging past Ukraine in what could be a cagey affair.